Fanfare Introduces iTest 3.4 Test Automation Tool

Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises, announced the latest release of iTest®, the company’s flagship test automation product. iTest 3.4 is a comprehensive testing solution for device and heterogeneous system testing. It offers significant improvements to core iTest functionality, and new features such as the industry’s first Virtual Testbed (VTB) capabilities. VTB delivers considerable new value to testing organizations by enabling testers to build test cases before devices exist, beginning the quality process months earlier than before.

Testers can also leverage a VTB for test development by using virtual replicas of real devices and costly test equipment. As a result, organizations can trim future capital expenditures by better utilizing their lab assets and infrastructure, improve tester productivity while offline or working remotely, and enable earlier testing, accelerating time to market for new products and services.

“Fanfare created the market for test automation software, and has once again elevated the strategic importance of this technology in helping companies achieve their business objectives,” said Olga Yashkova, Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “Virtual Testbed capabilities will significantly alter the testing landscape across the board. Today’s tough economic climate, coupled with an already-competitive landscape for service providers and their suppliers, makes iTest 3.4 a necessity for companies that want to continue driving innovation and gain a competitive edge.”

Among several other new features, iTest 3.4 includes:

  • Scheduling and Test Suites – Test management is streamlined in 3.4 by allowing users to quickly identify and group multiple tests as a test suite and schedule them to run at a certain time or on a recurring basis, further accelerating the rate and efficiency of testing. This feature is available in iTest Team and iTest Enterprise editions.

  • New and Improved Integrations – Layer 2-3 and 4-7 testing is enhanced with support for Ixia’s IxNetwork and Spirent Avalanche. The Avalanche integration provides a rich user interface inside of iTest for users to interact directly with Avalanche. For users of iTest’s HPQC integration, there is now batch publishing of tests and reports to HPQC. This optional module is available for $2,000 each per year.

“Fanfare is disrupting the status quo by providing an alternative to the traditional testing model and changing the way testing is conducted with the introduction of 3.4,” said Greg Fairbanks, director of product marketing at Fanfare. “Feedback from our beta program has been tremendously positive, and customers expect this virtual testing model to have a substantial impact on their testing process and ultimately, their bottom lines.”

In March, Fanfare announced that BT has deployed iTest in an enterprise-wide initiative to standardize the communication of test assets across the company, as well as between BT and its suppliers. BT’s Brian Buege, head of the testing centre for excellence at BT, will discuss the business drivers behind this initiative during a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 entitled “Carrier Innovations in Quality: How to Stay Competitive in Today’s Market.” He will be joined by Theresa Lanowitz, Founder of market research firm voke.

Existing Fanfare customers with current maintenance or subscription licenses are able to upgrade to iTest 3.4. Annual subscription rates are as follows:

  • $1,700 for iTest Personal
  • $6,500 for iTest Team, the most popular iTest edition
  • $9,000 for iTest Enterprise

VTB capabilities are available for an annual rate of $2,385.

iTest 3.4 is now generally available.

About Fanfare
Fanfare provides automated testing solutions that enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to enhance productivity throughout the quality workflow by streamlining system and device testing, reducing product cycles, and lowering costs. Using Fanfare, quality assurance teams and developers can leverage a common testing platform to deliver quality services and products to market faster and more efficiently.